Measuring the Impact of Bengals Defensive Tackle Geno Atkins

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Pro Football Focus is also singing the tune of Atkins, ranking him as their #1 interior pass-rusher:

Most will read this assuming J.J. Watt is going to be leading the way. Only he doesn’t. The Texans’ stud defensive end has to settle for second because Geno Atkins is that good. He’s picked up the same amount of total pressures as Watt (37), but done so in 37 fewer pass rushes. Atkins is good and you really can’t direct enough praise his way.

 

And here’s the chart to go with it:

Rank Name Team Pass Rush Snaps Total Pressure PRP
1 Geno Atkins CIN 272 37 10.8
2 J.J. Watt HST 309 37 10
3 Kyle D. Williams BUF 242 27 8.9
4 Mike Martin TEN 164 18 8.5
5 Jason Hatcher DAL 226 24 8.2
6 Henry Melton CHI 258 24 7.7
7 Jay Ratliff DAL 128 13 7.6
7 Kendall Reyes SD 129 13 7.6
9 Jason D. Jones SEA 140 13 7.5
10 Quinton Coples NYJ 168 16 7.4
10 Nick Fairley DET 168 16 7.4
12 Sammie Lee Hill DET 128 12 7
12 Calais Campbell ARZ 292 26 7
14 Randy Starks MIA 306 27 6.9
15 Linval Joseph NYG 224 19 6.8
16 Haloti Ngata BLT 253 21 6.6

This chart also illustrates what a good job rookie guard Kevin Zeitler has done this year having to block the likes of Starks, Joseph, and Ngata as he’s only allowed two QB sacks and is rated as PFF’s 4th-best guard out of 79 eligible guards.

Notice also how all of this praise is being given to Bengals players still on their rookie deals, a clear sign of a bright future in the Queens City.

 

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